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Are you Thriving on Reputation or Cultivating Character?

Posted by Herman Najoli on April 10, 2007

Once in a while, I indulge myself and watch reality shows as I hang out with my son. Two that I have watched on and off have been Survivor and The Apprentice. Every season on these shows, there seems to be someone who stands out and develops a reputation (mostly negative) amongst the group and in the minds of the viewers. Such characters continue to perpetuate that reputation through their actions and even land more work based on their fifteen minutes of fame. However, with time, such people normally disappear from the public view. What is the reason for this? It simply boils down to one thing: they had a reputation but lacked the character to sustain their continued success. 

Reputation is simply what people think about a person. Character is what the person really is. When it comes to human performance therefore, character is the bedrock of success and achievement. Reputation is what precedes a person while character is what outlasts the person. People who thrive on reputation have never really clarified who they are as individuals. Reputation changes but character does not. Reputation is like the shadow of a building. It moves in different directions throughout the day. Character on the other hand is like the building itself. It forever stays the same. 

Today, I’d like to encourage you to be more focused on cultivating your character rather than your thriving on your reputation. Your character will outlast your reputation.


3 Responses to “Are you Thriving on Reputation or Cultivating Character?”

  1. Herman! Awesome post.

    Don’t strive for 15 minutes of fame. You may just achieve it. And nothing else.

    Hey, thanks for the link to 100 Bloggers. Please consider joining us. Contact me if you are interested. In the meantime, great blog! I am so glad you graced the 100 blogger orbit.


  2. Pete Aldin said

    Zing! Got me!


  3. Hi Troy. Hello Pete.

    Thanks for your comments. Horace Greeley said, “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures”. Let’s continue to do the smart work of cultivating character and the easy work of having a good name will follow. Keep reading!


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